[JURIST] The National Center for State Courts [official NCSC website] has asked Congress to earmark 1-3 percent of new homeland security grants to states for use in improving security at courthouses. The request comes in the wake of recent incidents at several courthouses, including last month's murder of Judge Rowland Barnes in Atlanta [JURIST report]. The US Department of Homeland Security [official website] favors allowing states to decide how to spend allocated funds. NCSC has released a ten point plan for improving courthouse security [background info, official release]. AP has more.